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U.S. Education Secretary Kicks Off Let's Read. Let's Move. Summer Enrichment Series

Initiative is part of Obama Administration's effort to curb childhood obesity and summer reading loss

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Event Date 1: June 29, 2010 12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his wife Karen will launch the Department's Let's Read. Let's Move. summer enrichment series on Tuesday, June 29 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Education's Lyndon Baines Johnson headquarters building's outdoor plaza in Washington, D.C.. The goal of this new program, led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, is to get more Americans volunteering to combat childhood obesity and summer learning loss among youth.

"We know that for far too many children, reading achievement stalls when schoolwork stops during the summer. In fact, most low-income children can lose more than two months of reading skills progress during the summer break," said Education Secretary Arne Duncan. "The key to stopping summer learning loss is reading. If a child reads a minimum of five books between June and August, they will be on track for success next school year. We need every child to read at least 5 books this summer and every adult to help. We are really excited to help kick off Let's Read. Let's Move. and look forward to working with the Corporation for National Service and the rest of the Administration on this important initiative."

Let's Read. Let's Move. is part of the Obama Administration United We Serve summer service initiative, a nationwide effort calling on all Americans to make service a part of their daily lives. As part of its role in this initiative, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will invite Cabinet members and public officials to read books to children, promote healthy lifestyles and participate in games and fitness activities with children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. The books, refreshments, games and equipment for fitness activities will be donated by Target, which is one of the organizations answering President Obama's call to service.

Event 1
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Karen Duncan
Children from the Prince George's County Judy Center and Head Start programs
Children of ED employees
What : Secretary Duncan and Karen Duncan will read to children and participate in games and fitness activities with them
When : Tuesday, June 29, 2010 from 12– 1:30 p.m. ET
Note: Secretary Duncan will participate from 12-1:30 p.m.
Where : U.S. Department of Education
Lyndon Baines Johnson headquarters building plaza
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C.